Thursday 11 May 2017

About Today Readings

Acts 13:13-25. Psalms 88(89):2-3, 21-22, 25, 27. John 13:16-20.

For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord — Psalms 88(89):2-3, 21-22, 25,

‘I have set an example for you.’

Twice during the Last Supper discourse, having washed his disciples’ feet, Jesus said to them, ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ On the second occasion he added, ‘If they persecuted me, they will persecute you too.’ With good reason did the English Jesuit martyr Saint Robert Southwell say, ‘The following of Christ is a rough profession.’

One man who knew the truth of this was Paul of Tarsus who ceased his persecution of Christians to become, as he described himself, ‘a servant of Jesus Christ’ (Romans 1:1). As we read in the Acts of the Apostles, he proclaimed the Good News, ‘welcome or unwelcome’, at the cost of his life.

Help me, Lord, to be ever faithful in your service in the family home, the parish and the work place.’

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